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Learning from the Terrorist Attacks on the United States: Analysis of Threat to Canada (Part 1)

NCJ Number
Campus Law Enforcement Journal Volume: 31 Issue: 6 Dated: November/December 2001 Pages: 37-38
Dennis C. Hamilton
Date Published
2 pages
This article provides an analysis of the terrorism threat to Canada.
With the terrorist attacks in the United States, Canada must reshape how crisis management is addressed. The following Analysis of Threat to Canada by Dennis Hamilton, CEO of Crisis Response Planning, provides a list of seven items that should be taken into account in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States. This list includes: Canada’s participation in a military-based offensive increases the probability of a terrorist attack on Canada; the success of the terrorist attack on the United States will signal to other terrorists that a successful attack is possible; random acts of terrorism on civilians may increase; news coverage of terrorist attacks will motivate terrorists to commit large scale offenses; the expansion of free trade will create additional opportunities for terrorism; eliminating terrorists will take 5-10 years; terrorism cannot be eliminated until hatred and mistrust of the West is diffused. While the threat of a terrorist attack has increased as a result of the events in the United States, this does not mean that businesses in Canada should immediately alter their Crisis Management practices. It does suggest, however, that every organization must question their approach to existing Security, Emergency Management, and Business Continuity practices.